True Horror Is Unforgettable
By Andrew Blau
“Alone. Yes, that's the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn't hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.”
True horror is unforgettable. In Chapter 6 in All Quiet On The Western Front, the sheer horror and terror that is described makes for a gruesome but very memorable chapter. Chapter 6 in All Quiet On The Western Front had an extreme amount of gore and horror filled scenes. All of the horror is unforgettable because of how realistic it is written and it seems. Usually gory things don’t get to me but this chapter did. It is almost unexplainable the amount of horror in just a few pages. I never thought that just reading could actually affect me like this chapter did. This chapter is all about war. Most chapters in this book are about war but what makes this one different is the author takes you through an actual battle. We get to see the germans experience in the trench while they are being attacked by the French. This whole chapter is extremely gory and disgusting. While the French are charging the Germans one soldier gets mowed down, “His body collapses, his hands remain suspended as though he were praying. Then his body drops clean away and only his hands with the stumps of his arms, shot off, now hang in the wire.” This writing is filled with pure gore. My experience reading this chapter made me realize what war was really like and how terrible it is. Before I had read this chapter I had never had an experience where I read part of a book that affected me the way that this one did. The sheer horror and terror expressed in such few words made me feel disgusted. Although I wasn’t in the trenches with the Germans living through a battle I did have to read this chapter knowing that man kind actually did this to each other. Reading Chapter 6 has lead be to believe that tru horror is unforgettable.